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Walk Across Texas! with OLLI at UTMB and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Team Captains Informational Meeting: Wednesday, January 8
It’s that time again. Take the challenge! Can YOU Walk Across Texas??? Gather some friends or neighbors or even your family and form an 8-member Walk Across Texas team. Last year 8 OLLI teams walked 18,407 miles. Our goal this year is for 15 teams to walk 30,000 miles between January 20 and March 17, 2014. That’s the equivalent of walking from Orange, Texas (on the Louisiana border) to El Paso and back again…21.5 times! It’s 500 hundred miles more than the circumference of the earth.
Join (for FREE!) with other OLLI teams and community teams to make Galveston a healthier place. This year’s OLLI Walk is open to anyone of any age in the community. If you already bike, do yoga, water aerobics, or other physical activities, those can also count as “miles walked” for this program. Be a part of the OLLI tradition by starting your New Year with this successful FREE program. If you begin in January, you’ll be ready to walk (or run) in UTMB’s Causeway FunD Run on March 8. Learn more at http://walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu/ For questions or to register your team, call the OLLI office at 409.763.5604.
January 19 at 3 PM at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston. Open to the public.
For tickets, phone The Grand 409.765.1894. What a great holiday gift idea!!
Tickets are Mezzanine $10, Orchestra $20, and Champagne tasting/Premium seating $100.
OLLI hosts this critically acclaimed film that documents the rescue of more than 1,300 Jews who were smuggled from Nazi-occupied Europe and resettled in the Philippines. Pre-World War II Manila is the exotic backdrop for a little-known chapter in World War II history. Producer Barbara Sasser, an OLLI member and long-time island resident, will introduce the film which is told through first-person accounts with historians, survivors and relatives of the key players such as Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Sasser’s grandfather Alex Frieder. The film was broadcast on PBS, has been praised in reviews in The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and has been shown at the UN and on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. After screening the film, Dr. Sasser will introduce a panel of expert commentators who will discuss the film and the historical era in which it occurred. At 4:30 p.m. Paulie and Mary Kay Gaido will sponsor a champagne tasting seminar in Edna’s Room in support of the film and OLLI. Area restaurants Rudy and Paco’s, Saltwater Grill, and Gaido’s have pledged donations in support of the film and OLLI on that day.
Click for details: http://galvestonfeatherfest.com/. Volunteer today to help and/or buy discounted tickets!
OLLI at UTMB welcomes all those 55 and over to participate in Free Fitness sessions held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning from 9 to 10 AM (50 weeks a year) at 4700 Broadway, Suite B101. Sessions offer volunteer led, seated low impact fitness activities. All props and weights required are provided by OLLI. There is no charge and no pre-registration is required. You can drop in for a single session, attend every week, or participate occasionally at your convenience. All sessions are free!
WALK A MILE no matter what the weather—All are welcome to enjoy walking the indoor, climate-controlled walking track available at the Island Community Center. Go at your own pace for a mile or any part of a mile to stay fit and have fun.
Tuition for each course is $25 until February 17. After February 17 tuition is $30. Enrollment is first-come, first-served. To guarantee space in the course(s) of your choice, please pay in person or by phone. Mailed registrations may arrive after courses close.
Call OLLI (409) 763-5604 to register! YOU MUST BE A MEMBER OF OLLI TO ENROLL. Membership is $25. CHECK, CASH, MONEY ORDER, OR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED.* Please make checks payable to UTMB with “OLLI” on the notation in the lower left corner. You may call in your credit card information or mail membership and tuition to: OLLI at UTMB, 301 University Blvd. Galveston, TX 77555-0972 (must include 0972 in zip). Email: Michelle Sierpina, Ph.D., Founding Director: firstname.lastname@example.org or Julia Sherrod, Business Coordinator: email@example.com.
*Do not send cash in the mail and do not send credit card information via email. Close to course beginning, learners receive confirmation with additional information. Join now and your membership extends through August 31, 2014.
Here’s the opportunity to discover answers to all the questions you might have about Judaism. While individuals in the Jewish community may hold differing views, Rabbi Kessler will introduce some basics. You’ll gain perspectives on the meaning of God and humankind and the relationship of freewill and consequences. Although most people know about the Ten Commandments, in this course you’ll discover as many as 600 additional mitzvoth (commandments). Each week you’ll be given an opportunity to submit a written question for the Rabbi to answer in that session or the next so you can learn everything you always wanted to know! We’ve timed the course to end right before Passover. You’ll approach that holy day with new awareness and insights!
In this course you will be introduced to Galveston’s rich African American Heritage. Learn about the places, events, and people who contributed to the development of Texas as ships arrived from around the world carrying merchandise, but also carrying slaves who worked on farms, the waterfront, and in the city’s industries. You’ll learn about the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas discovered, right here in Galveston, that they were free.
This course will offer an introduction to criminal law and procedure and an inside look at how the courts work. You’ll learn about criminal prosecutions and the gathering and use of evidence. You will also explore the Constitutional issues in criminal law. The instructor is a graduate (summa cum laude) of Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, licensed in Texas, Indiana, and Maine. Disclaimer: Persons needing individual legal advice will be advised to seek an attorney. The instructor will not accept any paid legal work from participants in this course.
Scott Buckel, a professional photographer who has taught photography for years, will be leading workshops at Galveston’s 2014 FeatherFest. Whether using your digital camera to take fine art photos or pictures of the grandkids, basic information offered in this course will help you capture the images you want. This class will cover the practical aspects of photography from basic principles to how to operate your camera. Scott will lead you on two field trips where you will apply what you have learned. To maximize your learning experience, you will have the opportunity but not requirement to present practice projects to be shared in the classroom during the course.
Master Gardener Karen Lehr, whose background includes a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture, invites you to learn the basics of site analysis, design principles, and steps to follow in creating a personalized landscape design for your home. Here’s your chance to express your creativity while helping to beautify your community. Register today. Class size is limited to 20 participants.
What is meditation? Why is it such an important spiritual tool in having a more balanced and happy life? There is so much written about why to meditate and how to meditate, there must be something to it. In this class you will work with several simple meditation techniques that anyone can do. The effect will be a deeper connection with ourselves and others.
This course will take the student one step further into the wonderful world of Spanish. It will pick up where the first course left off, with a review of verbs in the present indicative. THIS CLASS IS FILLED AND WAIT-LISTED.
As a sequel to her first OLLI class—Discover Historic Galveston, Neighborhood by Neighborhood—Jan will present her second book, Beyond the Beaten Paths: Driving Historic Galveston, which covers those areas previously omitted. The first class will be devoted to subjects and areas included in the walking guide, so please bring your written questions and comments! After a brief review, learners will discover new stories of Harborside Drive, the Elissa and Jean Lafitte; mid-19th century homes on Postoffice and Mechanic with Church street Victorians and more modest, middle-class housing; west of 61st Street and going "down the Island" to Jamaica Beach. Among the unforgettable characters included are the Badget quadruplets, "Wrong-way" Corrigan, the Bordens, Cabeza de Vaca and the Karankawa Indians—to name a few. The course will culminate in an optional guided drive/walk for those who choose to participate.
Want to have lots of fun and exercise your brain at the same time? Discover how learning Mah Jongg will open new worlds to you whether meeting new friends right here in Galveston or a cruise ship at sea. Learning this game will increase cognitive activities which contribute to healthy aging. This fascinating, fast paced traditional Chinese tile game has become universally popular. Once you learn it, you’ll find groups ready to welcome you for weekly play. Tiles and cards are provided. Class size is limited—enroll soon!
Those who have played Mah Jongg before may recognize that improving their strategies of play will help them master this exciting game. If you already know the basics, the language, and the rules of Mah Jongg and you’re ready to move to a new level of proficiency, here’s your chance! We’re limiting this class to 12 participants which allows Antoinette to guide you with individual advice based on the card and your tiles. She will lend her knowledge and years of expertise to help you develop techniques and tactics to become a consistent winner. Tuition for this advanced class is $40.
OLLI is open most Tuesday mornings from 10 AM to noon until May 27 for casual play. There is no charge to participate.
Scientific evidence demonstrates the importance of telling and sharing life stories. Learners at all levels of writing skill—including novices—will enjoy sharing their memories. In this course learners will explore those narratives when “another story” emerged from their work in previous writing groups. The course is open to those who have experienced OLLI lifestory groups in previous semesters or who have completed the Introduction to Lifestory. Learners get a chance to develop and share their stories and give feedback on stories they hear. Only a limited number of spaces are available and participants are asked to attend a minimum of 6 of the 8 sessions. This class meets first and third Tuesday of each month.
This class meets twice a week for four weeks. On Wednesday afternoons learners will join Dr. Peake and other experts on birding field trips. Additional optional birding experiences may be added. To fully participate, learners need binoculars, A Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America by Peterson and Peterson, Golden Field Guide by Chandler Robbins or National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Fifth Edition by Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer, and adequate mobility for outdoor activities. All details will be provided upon registration. Class size is limited, so register early.
Each week the Tuesday class will consist of lecture, Wednesday the class will take a field trip to a local site. Emphasis will be on honing identification skills learned in previous Migratory Birding classes with Dr. Peake, primarily with shorebirds, waterfowl and waders. Each learner should have access to a standard field guide and binoculars. While the instructor would hope for some knowledge of class procedures (especially being on time for field trips), he will not expect students to remember everything presented in Migratory Birding. The class will begin with a review of that material. The class limit is twenty learners. If you have taken Migratory Birding you may enroll on a first come, first served basis. If you have not taken Migratory Birding from Dr. Peake, you may sign up for the introductory course to be offered in this semester.
Come to this course and explore your own natural gifting and skill set. We will incorporate unique psychometric tools to discover how each person can maximize their own native abilities. Together we’ll build on this process to identify (and remove) some barriers to excelling in areas of your own strongest natural gifts.
Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York found that those 75 and older who engaged in cognitively stimulating activities including ballroom dancing, demonstrated reduced risk of dementias. If you have always wanted to ballroom dance, join Bill & Judy as they provide an introduction to the Waltz, Foxtrot and Swing and perhaps a few other steps as well. Novice or experienced dancer, learning a few new steps could jazz up your routine. Stay fit and flexible, keep alert, and have lots of fun dancing!
When did Jews settle in the South? Who were they and where did they come from? Why did they love the antebellum South and the Confederacy? Join author and historian Mel Tarman to explore why Southern Jews were so loyal to the South and to the Confederate states. Learn about the War Between the States and the Jewish participation in the Confederate army. We'll devote a session to the history of Texas and its part in the war. Examine the Jewish relationship with President Lincoln and their Northern co-religionists during and after the war. Finally, learn about the Jewish contribution to Southern culture. Some famous names may surprise you. This very important part of American history is generally unknown.
This two-part FREE seminar is for those new to lifestory groups at UTMB who want to join a spring writing group. Experienced lifestory group participants requested this special 2-part training so that friends could join them in the adventure of lifestory writing and sharing. This training is for anyone who has not previously participated in UTMB’s lifestory groups. After completing both sessions of this training, you will be prepared to join one of the lifestory courses offered this spring. If you’d like to sample a lifestory group at UTMB, this is the ideal way to give it a “test drive” to see if it is right for you. Class size is limited and there is no fee.
If you've ever enjoyed the hearty, scrumptious Spanish appetizers known as tapas, you know the pleasures of sampling small bites of great food. This new OLLI literary group has adopted the analogy to describe the way we read and discuss excerpts and short literary works, using Socratic questioning to delve into the possible interpretations and meanings we find. Come see why and join their spirited group! This class welcomes anyone who likes to read, think, and talk.
You may enroll in section one and/or section two separately. It is not required to complete section one in order to enroll in section two.
Over the course of eight sessions, learn techniques to intentionally create a vision for something you want, set a new goal, and make a specific action plan to realize your dream. You will discover new skills to identify what obstacles prevent you from getting what you want, how to handle those hurdles, and get back on track when Life throws you an unexpected curveball. Learn techniques that will help you add more meaning to your life, deepen relationships with the people who matter to you, establish new friendships, or acquire a new skill. Each session will build on the last one, so please try to attend all sessions. This class meets first and third Wednesday of each month.
Adapted especially for OLLI, this course offers insight into hiring and training of Police Officers, criminal investigation, criminal law and much more. The mission of the Citizens Police Academy is to provide understanding through education. This course is designed to increase awareness of the function of the Police Department by educating citizens on topics related to the role of the Police Officer in their community. This course will strengthen ties between the Police Department and the community while providing knowledge and dispelling misconceptions. Come experience this fun, interesting way to better understand how the Galveston Police Department works to serve You.
Scientific evidence demonstrates the importance of telling and sharing life stories. Learners at all levels of writing skill—including novices—will enjoy sharing their memories. The course is open to those who have experienced OLLI lifestory groups in previous semesters or who have completed the Introduction to Lifestory. Learners get a chance to develop and share their stories and give feedback on stories they hear. Only a limited number of spaces are available and participants are asked to attend a minimum of 6 of the 8 sessions. This class meets first and third Wednesday of each month.
This course is open by permission of instructor to those who have participated in multiple lifestory writing groups in OLLI at UTMB or have completed Introduction to Lifestory. Only a limited number of spaces are available and participants are asked to attend a minimum of 6 of the 8 sessions. Call for more information if you have an interest in advancing your lifestory skills. This class meets second and fourth Wednesday of each month except in April and May.
The Enneagram is an instrument for assessing one’s personality. It begins with a chart of nine personality types. Each class participant will determine his or her own type. The Enneagram is used for self-knowledge and self- management as well as in deepening one’s spiritual life. Each Enneagram type has great gifts for the participant to identify and use in all aspects of life. It also has pitfalls that we need to learn to manage.
Looking for an OLLI course intended to challenge you to think and communicate in new and different ways? Do you want to interact and participate with other learners as you are challenged cognitively while learning American Sign Language? This course will introduce you to simple sign language practices you can use every day. You will learn: sign language alphabet, simple phrases, and communication tools you can implement immediately. You’ll see how awareness of gestures and facial expressions can improve communication. You’ll also explore resources such as adaptive technologies and other helpful tools which may improve your ability to hear. With daily practice, this course may provide a fun way to help you improve circulation and movement of the hands if you have arthritis. A 10 minute/day “homework” review of signs and alphabet is recommended, but not required. Attending with a friend or family member you can practice with daily is useful, but not required.
This computer basics class will cover every day usage information for Windows/XP, Windows/7 and Windows/8. Topics will include (but not limited to) WEB browsers, word processors, e-mail, maintenance and security. If you have a laptop, and would like to bring it, please do so you can enhance your experience with hands-on practice. After 28 years with IBM John spent more than a decade with the technology department at CCISD. Class size is limited to 25 so register soon.
Texas Hold-em is one of the most challenging games in the world. Although simple to learn, it is very difficult to master. In this class we will examine the logic and techniques used by the professionals. In particular, we will look at how advanced players make crucial decisions and the strategies they use to gain advantage over their opponents. THIS CLASS IS FILLED AND WAIT-LISTED.
This course is intended for PC users that are “comfortable” with their home PC and are interested in learning how to be more productive in their day-to-day activities. Questions about Windows/XP, Windows/7 and Windows/8 will be addressed. Some of the topics to be covered include user accounts and profiles, diagnostic startup (F8), hard drive recovery (with Ubuntu), customizing the Start Menu (in Windows/XP and Windows/8), Start Screen (in Windows/8), browser usage and other tips.
If you’ve loved reading, listening to, telling, or writing stories, this class is for you! In this course you will analyze what makes short stories interesting and meaningful. You will practice creating lively stories of your own. Leave behind your memories of sophomore English class and bring along colorful and imaginative thoughts and experiences. Using the elements of creative writing, together we will share stories of life! This class meets first and third Thursday of each month.
Come and explore the Italian Renaissance with Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Raphael. Who was naughty and who was nice? Who saved their career by designing military weapons? Who gossiped to the Pope behind the other's backs? We will explore the creative output of these legends in Western art, but also their politics and personalities. Add your experiences and observations to this art historical look at perhaps the West's three most revered artists.
Scott is a professional photographer who has taught photography for several years and annually leads workshops at Galveston’s FeatherFest. Nature photography is one of the most popular genres of photography. It is a diverse genre that investigates the smallest details of nature to vast landscapes and this diversity leads to many technical issues that will be explored in this course. Each week we will discuss a different area of nature photography and provide solutions to capturing outstanding images.
Canadian author Alice Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature—and she did it the hard way, as a writer of short stories. (This never happens.) We’ll take a volume of these stories. I’m hoping the perfect “Greatest Hits” will be rushed into print to celebrate the award, if not I have my eye on one of the existing collections. A thing people admire about Munro is that she can take perfectly ordinary people, put them in perfectly ordinary situations and light up the whole thing by the power of Perception. The stories are often of quite manageable length. If we like one that’s not, we can subdivide it. I envision an introductory meeting in which we absorb biographical facts and critics’ reactions, and savor a bit of her style—Then a story a meeting, more or less, for seven enlightening and all-reconciling weeks. Stay tuned for late-breaking details on times and texts.
Subject matter will include a survey of the many groups of lower (invertebrate) animals and higher (vertebrate) animals with emphasis on species that occur in this area. Optional supplementary field activities will also be made available throughout the course. This is a continuation of Marine Biology Part I, (which was taught in the last OLLI fall semester). Learners, however, may enroll in Marine Biology, Part II without having taken part I.
Joseph Pilates developed a system of exercise which he considered a trinity of Body, Mind, and Spirit with the goal of "the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure." In this class we will use the Pilates Method combined with The Franklin Method to attempt to achieve these ends. Class size is limited to ensure individualized attention. All fitness levels are welcome with the minimum standard of being able to get up and down from the floor unassisted, and tolerating lying side, front, and back for prolonged periods of time.
Mondays, 9 – 10 AM, January 27 – March 24, NO CLASS March 10
Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 AM, January 29 – March 19
Second Section: Mondays, 9 – 10 AM, March 31 – June 2, NO CLASS April 7 and May 26
Second Section: Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 AM, March 26 – May 21, NO CLASS April 9
Experience this exercise program of total body fitness beginning with a warm-up using light weights, stretching, posture, breathing, and joint movement. You’ll experience dance, feel the music, improve coordination, and have lots of fun. Total body fitness is perfect for stress reduction, improved focus, enhanced concentration, increasing bone density, improving muscle toning with Zumba gold moves, while core body muscles respond to the new Zumba sentao.
Tuesdays, 2 – 3 PM, January 7 – February 25 (with exercise bands, chair, and weights)
Thursdays, 2 – 3 PM, January 9 – February 27 (with exercise ball, chair, and weights)
Tuesdays, 2 – 3 PM, March 4 – April 22 (with exercise bands, chair, and weights)
Thursdays, 2 – 3 PM, March 6 – May 1 (exercise ball, chair, and weights) NO CLASS April 10.
Sessions will concentrate on balance, flexibility, and slow movement along with breath control. Research has shown Tai-Chi to increase balance and decrease likelihood of falls. You’ll gain an appreciation of the practical value in your ability to moderate extremes of behavior and attitude at both mental and physical levels. Come and experience this unique combination of Tai-Chi, stretching, and balance.
Introduction to Tai Chi (for those with no experience or background in tai chi). This basic, introductory approach will appeal to those who need extra assistance and who might have special needs. Most of the instruction will offer core tai chi training with participants seated in a chair. This is good for those who want to build confidence in their balance and for anyone who prefers to move slowly toward developing a tai chi practice in an undemanding segment of instruction.
Section I: Mondays, 10:30 – 11:30 AM, January 6 – March 3 NO CLASS January 20
Section II: Mondays, 10:30 – 11:30 AM, March 17 – May 5
Beginner Tai Chi (for those who want to practice the basics of tai chi breathing, movement, and develop improved balance)
Section I: Mondays, Noon – 1 PM, January 6 – March 3 NO CLASS January 20
Section II: Mondays, Noon – 1 PM, March 17 – May 5
Intermediate Tai Chi (for those who have been in OLLI tai chi classes and want to progress with more challenging instruction in a 90 minute segment)
Section I: Fridays, 10 – 11:30 AM, January 10 – February 28
Section II: Fridays, 10 – 11:30 AM, March 21 – May 16, NO CLASS April 11
Come and experience the energy of Yoga. Join registered Hatha Yoga teacher Jim Turner as he explores the relationship between physical postures and the movement of the breath. Learn breath control techniques for deeper relaxation. This class involves mild to moderate physical exertion. Learners should be able to move without assistance from lying on the floor to standing EXCEPT FOR THOSE IN CHAIR YOGA. Class size is limited, so register early for the time(s) of your choice. You may sign up for the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday sessions or all classes but each course requires a separate tuition fee. Each class is the same level of skill except for chair yoga.
MONDAY 2 to 3:15 PM (includes meditation): January 6 – March 3, NO CLASS January 20
TUESDAY 10:30 to 11:30 AM: January 7 – February 25
WEDNESDAY CHAIR AND GENTLE YOGA 2 to 3 PM: January 8 – February 26
THURSDAY 10:30 to 11:30 AM: January 9 – February 27
MONDAY 2 to 3:15 PM (includes meditation): March 10 – April 21
TUESDAY 10:30 to 11:30 AM: March 4 – April 22
WEDNESDAY CHAIR AND GENTLE YOGA 2 to 3 PM: March 5 – April 23, NO CLASS April 9 with make-up class FRIDAY, April 4, 2 to 3 PM
THURSDAY 10:30 to 11:30 AM: March 6 – May 1, NO CLASS April 11
American Red Cross Adult and Child CPR training incorporates a variety of learning styles with hands-on practice and real-life scenarios. Participants in this training will receive Red Cross certification and will learn how to use an AED on a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. Take-away materials are designed for use both in the course and outside the classroom as reference tools. Combining lecture, video demonstrations and hands-on manikin training, this course teaches participants to: Call and work with EMS; perform CPR and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults and children; know the role of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
CPR Training Dates:
Thursday, January 30, 1 – 5 PM
Friday, February 14, 9 AM – Noon
Monday, March 3, 1 – 5 PM
Tuesday, April 29, 1 – 5 PM
Wednesday, May 14, 9 AM – Noon
American Red Cross Certified First Aid Training: OLLI Members: $35, Others $70
Thursday, February 27, 9 AM – 1 PM
Friday, May 30, 9 AM – 1 PM
You must pre-register, so phone today.
***FREE! FREE! FREE! OLLI members receive FREE AED training year ‘round. Check with Julia to schedule your personal training at your convenience.***
The new and improved AARP Smart Driver Course curriculum is the product of a variety of research studies, volunteer insight, and input from experts across the transportation and driver safety industries. Best of all the AARP Smart Driver Course is only $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non-AARP members.* (Cash or check only.) Certificates are issued at the end of the class. Check with your insurance agent about a discount. Class size is limited. Only those who pre-register will be admitted. Call OLLI to register: 763.5604.
$25 tuition covers 8 sessions per month. Each class targets flexibility, balance, functional strength, and cardiovascular fitness. Registrations after February 17 are $30 for 8 sessions each month. Sign up today for water aerobics in January, February, March, April, May.
This specialized writing group has continued to meet for over a decade writing and sharing lifestories. Offered in collaboration with the Harris County Medical Society’s Retired Physicians Organization (RPO), learners must be members of OLLI and the RPO.
For your convenience, OLLI offices are open 9 AM to 4:30 PM every weekday, except UTMB holidays and on some national holidays when the Galveston Island Community Center is closed. Offices are located and most Galveston classes meet in Suite B101, Galveston Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway. Details about meeting location for each course and other information will be mailed to those learners who enroll.